On 23 March 2018, the German Commission for the Protection of Youth in the Media (KJM) released its long awaited official position on loot boxes. The KJM is the head regulator for youth protection in online media in Germany (including video games, apps, social casino, etc.). The KJM’s statement is non-committal. However, the KJM outlines that loot boxes can under certain circumstances violate youth protection laws. The KJM is not responsible for regulating gambling. Thus, potential issues from a gambling law perspective are not addressed in its decision.
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